Plant humidifiers, we don’t usually hear about these because our country is humid already, and most of the plants around us aren’t that high maintenance. You can leave them outside your house or put them in one of the corners of your home, and they are good. But some special plants prefer high humidity. But we could always use a humidifier! Not only does it help to ease colds and cough congestion, but it also helps these unique plants thrive!
Using a humidifier is the most efficient way to make your indoors more humid. It is portable. You can put it in a small room or the living room to add moisture inside the house. But keep in mind that there are different humidifiers that you will find in the market. But what are they? And which one is ideal for our plants?
2 Types of Plant Humidifiers
- Cool mist humidifier that uses ultrasonic vibrations to scatter a cool mist of water in the air. Some humidifiers use a disk that is submerged in the machine that is rapidly turned. As it moves, it breaks up the water into tiny particles that can be inhaled or make the air in the room cooler. Adding aromatic oils while using it will remove the bad odors.
- A steam vaporizer or warm mist humidifier using electricity to power up its heating element. Inside, it boils water and creates steam. Of course, the steam cools down before it leaves the machine and enters the air. You can also inhalants like Vick’s Vapors but shouldn’t be done for kids or babies. This humidifier is also ideal for our plants that like high humidity. But you have to put it far away from your plants because the warm steam might damage its leaves.
What if I don’t have a humidifier?
Don’t worry! We got you! You don’t have to buy a humidifier just so you can provide your special plants a nice high humid space in your home. You can always do this “Do It Yourself” plant humidifiers and save those cash so you will be able to buy more plants in the future!
- Grouping your plants or putting them together in one corner of your garden can help maintain lower water loss because as a plant loses its water, another nearby plant will absorb it. It will be like a miniature rainforest in your garden.
- You can also do a double potting. It is where you put a pot of your plant on top of the bigger pots that contain wet soil. Or you can also add peat moss because it will add more moisture in the air around the plant.
- Bathrooms and kitchens are some of the good places in your home where you can also put your plants that need more moisture. These corners of the house have higher humidity because that is where we use water frequently. But the bathroom has the highest humidity, so it is perfect for you tropical plants that thrive in a humid environment.
- If you have pebbles, put it on a big plate and fill it with the right amount of water. Then put your potted plant on top of it.
- Putting a cup of water next to your special plant is good too. And the bigger the plant, the more water it needs.
You might have noticed that I didn’t include “misting” in my DIY Humidifier listing. According to research, misting doesn’t add more humidity, and it might lead to other plant problems such as the spread of pests and pathogens.
So, you see? You don’t have to go out so that you can boost the humidity in your garden, and it’s free! If you have plants that have brown or drying leaves, now is the time to try doing one of those DIY humidifiers and make your plants happy!